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Wairarapa District Health Board, like other agencies across the state sector, publishes responses to Official Information Act requests, and supports the open disclosure of information to assist the public’s understanding of how we are delivering publicly-funded healthcare. This includes the proactive publication of anonymised Official Information Act responses on our website after requestors have received their response from us and only where there is no risk to the privacy of individuals.

When we write to requestors we explain whether we intend to make the information publicly available. Requestors names and addresses are removed before publication. If any other information has been has redacted, it is to protect the privacy of the requestor.

The Wairarapa DHB publishing OIA Response Guideline is available here. It outlines how we will action the availability of official information through the publishing of OIA responses online.  

Please note that the three DHBs (Wairarapa, Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley) Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) OIAs are not included below. Before making a request under the Official Information Act, check to see whether the information you are interested in is already publicly available on the MHAIDS website.


  • 2019-05 May

    • 'Nga Hau E Wha' 412 KB

      I request all information regarding contracts, provision of services and all other matters, made to the Ministry of Health or any of its subsidiaries including District Health Boards, to an organisation known as 'Nga Hau E Wha',

    • Mesh Systems 2.04 MB

      How many surgical mesh procedures have been undertaken using the Trans Obturator System mesh tape

    • Maternity ward staffing 2.32 MB

      Hours worked by senior doctors/consultants in your maternity wards.

    • Intersex Children 398 KB

      How many intersex children have had genital surgery within their first year of life between 2000 and 2018

    • Gender- affirming healthcare services 92 KB

      how many transgender people received gender-affirming healthcare services, within the 2018 calendar year?

    • Gender- affirming healthcare services 384 KB

      Are gender-affirming healthcare services are funded by the Wairarapa District Health Board for transgender patients?

    • Cost of strike actions 1.92 MB

      Any remuneration, including but not limited to incentives, of RMOs, Senior Medical Officers and any other employee for work carried out as a result of the strike actions.

    • Assaults on nurses 296 KB

      The total number of assaults against nurses by members of the public from 2013-2018.

  • 2019-04 April

  • 2019-03 March

    • Waiting times in ED 1.29 MB

      Admissions and waiting times at WrDHB emergency department for 2018

    • Waitangi Tribunal Research Report 6.55 MB

      Policy and services for disable Māori.

    • Wait times relating to cancer 515 KB

      The average wait time for patients referred to the DHB with a high suspicion of cancer (all tumour streams) to receive a first specialist assessment, including the shortest and longest individual wait time, month by month for the last 12 months.

    • Violent incidents in hospitals 1.28 MB

      Statistics or data about the number and nature of violent incidents in hospitals within Wairarapa DHB within the last five years.

    • The number of procedures involving surgical mesh. 511 KB

      A breakdown showing what these procedures were for.

    • Rural Hospital Network 521 KB

      For each of the past three years ending June 2016, June 2017 and June 2018 what was the DHBs Rural Adjuster funding component of the PBFF funding pool?

    • Prescribed anti-depressants. 660 KB

      Information totaling the number of patients prescribed anti-depressants in 2018.

    • Home and Community Support Contracts 627 KB

      The current contract holders for each of the current DHB Home and Community Support Contracts.

    • DHB staff being assaulted 905 KB

      Data/numbers/figures of all incidents involving any DHB staffer being harassed, assaulted, hurt, injured, threatened, maimed or implicated in an altercation with any patient.

    • Cost of meals 596 KB

      The cost to each health board to feed each patient per day.

    • Climate change 425 KB

      copies of reports or policies that mention climate change

    • Admissions to ED 368 KB

      Information on admissions to Wairarapa DHB’s emergency department for the calendar year of 2018.

  • 2019-02 February

    • Weight loss surgery procedures 374 KB

      How many people received bariatric surgery (gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery) through the DHB.

    • Rest Home Audits 423 KB

      Details of any issues-based audits or investigations into rest homes, dementia units or retirement villages in your DHB area carried out, commissioned or provided to the DHB for the past four years (2015-2018).

    • Number of beds at Wairarapa DHB 791 KB

      The number of beds and employees at WrDHB

    • Number of assaults on health staff 1.29 MB

      The overall number of recorded assaults on health service staff over the last three years to enable a year by year comparison

    • Mental Health Services Audits 514 KB

      Details on issues-based audits or investigations into mental health services in your DHB area carried out, commissioned or provided to the DHB for the past four years (2015-2018).

    • Infestations 3.04 MB

      All documents and communications provided to, and created by, Wairarapa District Health Board staff or entities, relating to incidents involving insect, vermin or other pest infestation (referred to herein as "infestations") in DHB facilities or properties for the period of five years to the end of the 2018 calendar year.

    • Heat Stroke 373 KB

      Injury and deaths relating to heatstroke

    • Education access for inpatient and outpatient children 740 KB

      Your DHB's current core policy document on facilitating education access for inpatient and outpatient children and young clients (including tertiary age).

    • Cost of recruiting staff 1.11 MB

      A list of the amount of money each of the country's DHB's have spent on recruiting staff in 2018, and how much has been spent in previous years as far back as you can collect.

    • Car parking revenue 511 KB

      The total revenue from patients and visitors paying to park their vehicles in any DHB parking space.

    • Brief Intervention Counselling initiatives 808 KB

      How much funding does your DHB receive or allocate directly or through primary health organisations for Brief Intervention Counselling (BIC) initiatives?

    • Advertising Spend 638 KB

      The total amount of spending on advertising in the past five financial years, by year, including financial year 2018/19 to date.

  • 2019-01 January

    • Wait times during a patients journey 1.3 MB

      I know that the Wairarapa DHB endeavour to offer referred patients a specialist appointment within four months of referral. Could you provide a breakdown of time series data.

    • The use of smartphones/tablets and smartphone apps 452 KB

      Does the DHB have a policy in place regarding the use of smartphones/smartphone apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Messenger for the recording and sharing of clinical information?

    • PET and PET-CT scanning machines 685 KB

      Number and location of PET (positron emission tomography) and PET-CT (positron emission tomography-computed tomography) scanning machines in NZ

    • Fertility treatment 686 KB

      Data on how many non-residents have applied for publicly funded fertility treatment during the last 10 years.

  • 2018-12 December

    • Unfilled Vacancies 713 KB

      The number unfilled vacancies full time, part time and contract positions

    • Types and annual costs of energy used 336 KB

      For the last financial year, the annual billed cost (including lines and/or delivery charges) for commercially supplied energy for each fuel type (electricity, natural gas, coal, or other).

    • Radioactive Waste 486 KB

      How much radioactive waste is being produced at the DHB per year?

    • Pager Systems 628 KB

      We understand that some DHBs still use pager systems – "beepers" – for medical staff. We would like to know how widely these are used in New Zealand's public health system.

    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder assessment waitlist 597 KB

      Is your DHB able to provide an FASD assessment to determine if a person has this disorder?